COUVA, Trinidad –– West Indies Academy bowling coach, Vasbert Drakes, wants to have standardised coaching throughout the Caribbean.
The former West Indies fast bowler believes standardised coaching will allow players in each territory to be at a certain standard at various junctures throughout their development. Drakes was in Trinidad with West Indies Academy director, Graeme West, to assess the Trinidad and Tobago players shortlisted for the West Indies Under-19 team.
“Basically we were looking to see where they were at with their game. They just came out of a domestic tournament where we identified these players as future West Indies cricketers and one of the things we said when we left home is to have standardised coaches in the Caribbean who operate with one basic generic set-up,” said Drakes.
He continued: “The importance of having that is it gives us a better opportunity to understand where we are at as coaches so when we prescribe certain medicine for players at least everyone will be aware of what we are trying to achieve from a holistic point of view.”
He was adamant that a standard coaching protocol throughout the Caribbean would make it easier to evaluate players selected for West Indies Under-19 duty from the different islands.
“It gives us the opportunity to see how far they have progressed. When we assessed them from four weeks ago we would have assessed some in the Easter camp and some did not meet the requirements the selectors wanted to see. So come December there will be another assessment before we go on to Bangladesh.
“So it is a matter of keeping things up to speed in terms of the global practices that is required to play at the highest level and the work they need to put in before they enter the competition. That is one of the areas that probably we were a little bit slow on,” Drakes said.